The following testimonial was written by a New York Public School language arts teacher who used Applerouth’s SAT course with his 11th-grade class.
Based upon an informal survey that was conducted with the Class of 2014, the students value the combination of the blended model - the instructors' insights and tactics, combined with Applerouth Testing Materials, was potent. They showed particular favoritism towards the Applerouth SAT Vocabulary resources and the Applerouth instructional videos for Critical Reading, Math, and Writing.
SAT Preparation, contrary to what the College Board would have us believe, is real and effective. Last year, students who did not prepare for the SAT scored a mere 33 points higher on their SAT versus their PSAT.
This year, all 11th Grade students prepared with a Math and Reading teacher and were enrolled in the Applerouth Course. The average student who was given these advantages increased their score by 130 points overall.
In regards to raw gains, the Applerouth program has a slight edge over the Kaplan program. This is made more impressive by the fact that the Applerouth program made larger gains with a larger cross-section of varied students (109), whereas the Kaplan program made lesser gains with a smaller number of self-selected, motivated students (approximately 62).
Whereas the student response to the Kaplan course was tepid, the student response to Applerouth has been enthusiastic, praising the easy-to-read accessibility of its materials.
The average composite score is now 1628, up from 1498. Put another way, our students scored slightly below average for the nation when they took the PSAT. They are now scoring well above average for the nation on the actual SAT.
Multiple students have now achieved 600-700 level scores in individual sections, placing them in range for their reach colleges.
Writing had the largest average increase, with 65 points.
27 Students gained over 200 Points since their PSAT! This is unprecendented - a recent study showed that the average American student who takes an SAT prep course makes a mere 35-point gain.
3 of these students were enrolled in Thursday Prep with the teacher, and were considered 'danger students' at the start of the year. They all gained over 300 points each!
Our highest gaining student had an increase of 520 points! He/She started with a 1220 (far below average) and now has a 1740, one of the highest in the class.
One student improved to an 800 on his/her Critical Reading Section, and another student achieved a perfect 800 on CR and 800 on Math!
College Readiness has improved. The number of students below 480 on Critical Reading has gone from 51 to 29; on Math from 19 to 13; on Writing from 64 to 29.
A comprehensive suite of interactive learning materials, created for use in the classroom.
Effective, entertaining books that break down key test concepts and teach the strategies proven to get results.
Full-length practice tests modeled after the latest SAT/PSAT and ACT exams.